Off-Campus Release Process


Disclaimer Regarding Off-Campus Leases

Saint John’s University advises all students not to sign a lease for an off-campus rental property without receiving an official Exemption from the Residency Requirement. Committing to a lease agreement with an off-campus rental property is not grounds for nor merits an Exemption from the Residency Requirement.

Exemptions from the Residency Requirement

There are two types of Exemptions from the Residency Requirement:

  • Qualified Exemptions
  • General Exemptions

Qualified Exemptions are for individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students over the age of 23 on the first day of the fall semester
  • Students who have attended eight or more semesters as a full-time college student following high school graduation (5th-year students)
  • Students who are married or who have dependent children living with them
  • Students participating in credited internships, clinicals, or student teaching more than 30 miles from Saint John's University
  • Students whose parents/legal guardians live within 20 miles driving and are planning to stay at home with their parents/legal guardians
  • Students enrolled for less than 12 credits for the fall semester
  • Military service veteran status

Students with a qualified criterion should complete a Qualified Exemption Form for exemption consideration.

General Exemptions are for all students who wish to live off-campus and do not have a qualified criterion. Students desiring a General Exemption must meet all of these criteria:

  • Be a Rising Senior based on housing selection cohort (B1)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Be in good standing with St. John's University (Have no current discipline or academic probation)
  • Have no significant conduct history

General Exemption Process

Eligible rising seniors interested in living off-campus in St. Joseph or the surrounding area may choose to participate in the General Exemption Off-Campus Release Process during spring housing selection. Like selecting on-campus housing, eligible rising seniors may have the option to, in four-person groups, select off-campus housing as their housing assignment for the upcoming year. Off-campus housing selection occurs on April 12, 2022. Available off-campus exemptions are limited.

While there is no application for the General Exemption Off-Campus Release Process, participating in the process does not guarantee release to live off-campus.

Students unable to select off-campus housing must choose on-campus housing but can join a waiting list for an off-campus release.

Students interested in General Exemption are strongly encouraged to meet with Financial Aid before participating in off-campus selection. Selecting an off-campus housing assignment could result in reduced financial aid.

Other Considerations

Financial Hardship

Requests for residency requirement exemptions based on financial hardship must demonstrate that dropping out of Saint John's is the only alternative to solving the problem and show the exhaustion of all available resources: financial aid, grants, loans, etc. To verify their financial hardship, a student must provide tax forms and other documentation for review by the Director of Financial Aid. Submit requests via email with rationale and documentation to [email protected] and [email protected]​​​​​​​

Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and/or Medical Conditions

Requests for residency requirement exemptions based on or due to a medical condition need verification from both a physician and Student Accessibility Services that the condition warrants accommodations other than those that university housing can reasonably provide. Contact Student Accessibility Services with questions and concerns.

SJU students who encounter barriers within Residential Life may request housing accommodations. This is a two-step process that requires the completion of the Housing Accommodation Request Form and the submission of our Documentation Form. Both forms must be completed, on time, to be reviewed by our committee. 


  • 3/1/2022: Submission of Housing Accommodation Request Form
  • 3/18/2022: Housing Accommodation Documentation Form must be received. 

* Late requests not reviewed until 6/1/2022

Additional information regarding housing accommodations for students with disabilities can be found at the following website: